Healthy ageing

The health of the increasing number of older Australians is an important social and economic challenge facing Australia. It is also an opportunity, as extending a lifetime of good health enables older Australians to continue to contribute socially, culturally and economically to the wider community (see Social and economic engagement).

A range of factors influence older people's ability to remain healthy as they age; these include a number of behavioural and biomedical risk factors and ongoing social and mental wellbeing. This section explores some of these factors.

9 in 10

older people believe they have someone outside the household in whom they can confide

Over 9 in 10

older people reported that they had support available in a time of crisis from someone outside their household

1 in 8

older people were engaged in employment, education or training

2 in 5

older people reported being sufficiently active during the preceding week

7 in 10

older people are overweight or obese